XAT Exam 2020 - XLRI Admission, Application Form, Dates, Syllabus, Pattern, Result

Exam Date : January 5, 2020
Result Date : January 31, 2020

Do you want to study in a premium institute like XLRI Jamshedpur/ SPJIMR Mumbai/ IMT Ghaziabad? Then prepare for XAT exam. The upcoming exam is scheduled on January 5, 2020 and the application form will be live on the official website till December 10, 2019.

XLRI Delhi-NCR will accept applications for the PGDBM Program for the academic year 2020-22. The classes will commence from June 2020. Read the article given below and get detailed information on preparation, eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern etc.

XAT 2020 Last date of registration extended till December 10, 2019

What is XAT?

Full form of XAT is Xavier Aptitude Test. XAT 2020 is a National Level MBA Entrance Test conducted by XLRI (Xavier Labour Relations Institute), Jamshedpur. The entrance test is conducted on behalf of XAMI (Xavier Associate Management Institute) for the admission into Post Graduate Management Programmes across B-Schools of Xavier's group and other major B-schools in India.

Over 1,00,000 students are expected to appear for this exam and more than 150 institutes accept XAT Score for admissions.

XAT Exam

Registration for XAT has already begun from August 23, 2019 and will go on till December 10, 2019.

XAT 2020 score will be accepted by XLRI Jamshedpur and other reputed business-schools across India for admission into MBA/PGDM programmes.

This exam is conducted by Xavier School of Management, Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) - Jamshedpur for MBA, PGDM admissions in XLRI and other associated colleges.

XAT is one of the oldest competitive examinations in the country that has always kept pace with the cutting edge testing methodology. Its score is being used by leading business schools for admissions, including the prestigious XLRI and other associated institutes.

Human Resource course in XLRI is considered to be one of the best HR course in Asia and is the Flagship Programme of the college. XAT is conducted once in every year. It is usually conducted in the month of January.

Cutoff for XAT exam is generally decided by the participating institutes every year. Applicants have to clear XAT Cut off 2020 set by the participating institutes to qualify for the selection rounds. International candidates can take GMAT and apply through GMAT scores as well for admission. But they can apply only for the GMP - General Management Programme.

Now, let's take a look at all necessary details regarding the XAT 2020 exam which are listed out in table given below.

XAT 2020
Exam Name Xavier Aptitude Test
Acronym XAT
Exam Type National Level Screening Test (Post Graduate)
Organised By XLRI Xavier School of Management
Examination Date January 5, 2020
Mode of Examination Online
Types of Question Multiple Choice Questions(MCQ) with 5 options and one correct response
Marking Scheme For Correct Answer (+1 Mark). For Wrong Answer (-0.25 Mark), more than 8 unattempted questions will result in deduction of 0.05 marks.
Exam Duration 180 Minutes
Exam Centres 72 cities
Eligibility 3 Years Bachelor's Degree (Minimum)
Exam Helpdesk No. 1800-267-4008 (Toll-Free)
Exam Website www.xatonline.in
Email Support xat2020@xlri.ac.in, admis@xlri.ac.in
Official Address XLRI Admission Office - C.H. Area (East) Jamshedpur - 831001, Jharkhand, India

XAT Exam Dates

The official dates have been released on the website and candidates can apply for the exam. The XAT 2020 Exam Date is January 5, 2020. You can check the other dates given below.

XAT Exam Dates 2020
Events Important dates
Application Start Date August 23, 2019
Application last date December 10, 2019
Last Date to apply through GMAT December 31, 2019
Admit card date December 20, 2019
Exam date January 5, 2020
Result date January 31, 2020
XAT Scorecard download window January 31, 2020 to March 31, 2020

Who can give XAT exam?

Aspirants who fall under the following criteria are eligible for XAT 2020 exam:

  • Candidates must have completed a bachelor's degree.
  • They should have done at least a 3-year programme.
  • Candidates in the final year of their graduation degree can apply for XAT exam, provided they should complete their degree by June 2020.
  • Interested candidates can attempt XAT and there is no age limit.
XAT Eligibility
Age limit No upper age limit
Educational qualification Minimum 3 years of a Bachelor's Degree
Nationality NRI/Foreign/Indian

Know more XAT Eligibility.

XAT Exam Syllabus

Question paper is divided into five different sections. For the XAT 2020 exam, the essay writing section is removed. So the other sections are Data Interpretation & Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning, Decision Making, and General Knowledge (GK).

There is no strict curriculum for GK section. Students ought to be thorough with the current affairs to score well in this section.

Marks obtained in General Knowledge are not taken into consideration while calculating percentile however, some of the institutes might check the marks obtained in this subject as well. The other three subjects are taken into consideration for calculating the percentile.

Know more about XAT Syllabus

XAT 2020 Exam Pattern

XAT exam has four sections - Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (VA & LR), Decision Making (DM), Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA & DI) and General Knowledge (GK).

  • Mode: XAT 2020 will be conducted online.
  • Marking Scheme: Each correct answer fetches 1 mark and 0.25 mark is deducted for every wrong answer.

The below-mentioned table contains XAT Exam Pattern. Breakdown of questions is given in the table.

XAT Exam Pattern
Subject Number of Questions Number of Marks
Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (VA & LR) 26 26
Decision Making (DM) 21 21
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 27 27
General Knowledge 26 25
Total 99 99 Marks

XAT Paper Analysis

A general analysis of XAT Question Paper is given below:

XAT 2019 had been conducted for 3½ hours duration (3 hours for Quant, Decision Making & Verbal Ability and Reasoning + 1/2 hour for General Knowledge). Hence for 2020 also, it is expected to be the same. For Visually Impaired candidates with scribe, an extra time of 25 minutes will be provided only for attempting Quant, Decision Making & Verbal Ability and Reasoning of XAT exam.

Total Number of Questions for XAT 2019 exam were 99 (74+25) instead of 100. This year, it can be expected to be around 99 again. However, XLRI has the habit of surprising everyone. There might be more or less number of questions but the type of questions will remain same. Numerical Answer Type Questions were asked in XAT 2019 for the first time. Hence, it is expected that NAT will be asked again this year too.

For every correct answer, 1 mark is awarded to the candidate. A negative marking of 0.25 marks will be applicable for each wrongly answered question. There is no negative marking for any questions in General Knowledge section. Also, there would be no essay writing test in XAT 2020.

Application Form for XAT

XAT application form is available on the official website from August 23, 2019. The last date to apply for XAT exam is on December 10, 2019.

Interested candidates can apply only through online. They have to pay the application fee of INR 1700. Apart from this for each program that they choose, they are bound to pay INR 300.

If candidates are paying after the given dates, then along with late fee they have to pay INR 2000 only for application and INR 500 for each program. All details are clearly mentioned below.

XAT Exam Fees
Application Details Online
Registration Fee without late fee INR 1700/-
Fee per programme without late INR 300/-
Registration Fee with late fee INR 2000/-
Fee per programme in the late registration window INR 500/-
Fee for Indian candidate only for GMP through GMAT INR 2500/-
Fee for NRI/Foreign candidates for one or more programmes INR 5000/-


  • Candidates can apply for more than one programme in a single XAT application but the candidate has to pay separately for every programme he or she chooses. And also candidates can take a printout of XAT application form for future use.

How to register for XAT 2020?

Follow these steps given below to register for XAT exam successfully. The application process is completely explained.

  • Visit xatonline.in, choose the tab "New Registration" and enter Name, Date of Birth, Contact details and E-mail-id.
  • A system generated XAT login ID and password will be sent to you through Email/SMS.
  • Students should note down XAT ID and password for future use.
  • After registering, the candidate should fill personal details and other educational background details. Finally, the candidate should upload necessary documents (as per given specifications).
  • The final step is to pay the application fee and click on Submit button.

Know more about XAT Application Process.

XAT Admit Card

XAT Admit Card will be released on December 20, 2019. Candidates can download the admit card from the official website using their login credentials.

The hall ticket includes the name of the candidate, hall ticket number, examination centre, exam timings, reporting time, instructions. Candidates must go through the instructions mentioned in order to be aware of the do's and dont's and things which are restricted inside the test centre.

Aspirants will be allowed to enter into the examination centre only if they carry their valid XAT 2020 Admit Card & photo ID proof with them.

In case, a candidate finds errors on the admit card such as the spelling of the name, date of birth, registration number as shown in the application form, he/she is advised to immediately report it to the concerned authority.

How to download the XAT Admit Card?

Procedure to download and save the admit card is given below.

  • Candidates should visit the official website.
  • Upon reaching the webpage, you have to log in to your account with your credentials: your user ID and password that was provided after registration.
  • After logging in you have to click on "Download Admit Card option" and your download will start. You can print 2 copies of your admit card.

XAT Exam Centres

Students or candidates can select the exam centre while filling the XAT form. There will be multiple fields to select test cities as per aspirant's preference.

There are over 70 cities chosen as exam centres for XAT 2020. The test centres in the first preference are generally allotted to a candidate. However, in some cases, the conducting authority will give a different exam centre as per the order of preference.

It might occur if the total number of candidates in a particular exam centre exceeds a certain limit or due to some other valid reason.

How to prepare for XAT 2020?

The best way to prepare for this exam would be by working smart rather than working hard. XAT is slightly different from the other MBA exams. Candidates can follow the tips given below.

Be Focused and Stay Calm

Preparing for XAT Exam and clearing the exam would be easy if you prepare for the exam in a calm and focused manner. Try to keep it as simple as possible. Lack in either of them would pose a problem for you. Make sure that you never give up. This exam consists of a decision making section. One can answer those, only when his mind is calm and focused.

Attempt only the ones you can solve

XAT exam has negative marking. You cannot afford to make any wild guesses while answering. Make sure that you only attempt those questions whose answers you really know.

Time Management

If one wants to excel in time management he/she has to undergo the rigorous practice. You can achieve this by taking at least 10-15 mock tests and solving previous year question papers. This would help you get familiarised with the syllabus and exam pattern.

Mock Test

Mock tests form an integral part during the preparation phase. It is important to take as many mocks as possible and analyse it fully to improve the scores.

Previous-year Test Papers

You can prepare using the previous year question papers also as that will help you get an idea of the actual test.

XAT 2020 Results

Registered candidates after result declaration on January 31, 2020 can download the scorecard from XAT official website by logging with their credentials. XAT admit card includes the

  • Sectional scores
  • Sectional percentile
  • Overall score
  • Overall percentile
  • The validity of the scorecard and
  • The candidate details as mentioned in the application form.

How to check XAT results?

  • Enter registration number and date of birth to access your XAT 2020 Result.
  • Candidate will be provided with XAT User ID and password using which they can log in to the official exam website and check their result.

XAT response sheets are generally released every year before the results. XAT 2020 response sheets can, therefore, be expected in the 2nd week of January.

XLRI 2020 Cutoff

XLRI Cutoff 2020 is decided on the basis of

  • the number of applicants,
  • the difficulty of the paper,
  • the number of seats in participating colleges.

In order to be eligible to face the selection rounds, the candidate has to cross the cut-off score. The XAT cut-off varies from one institute to the other.

Cutoff for the year 2019 is tabulated below. The cutoff for 2020 will be almost the same. Although, the expected 2020 cutoff will be published shortly.


XLRI 2019 Cutoff for BM
Gender Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VALR) Decison Making (DM) Quantitative Aptitude (QA) Overall
Male 79.46 80 90 96
Female 75 75 75 95


XLRI 2019 Cutoff for HRM
Gender Decision Making (DM) Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VALR) Quantitative Abilty (QA) Overall
Male 75 85 72 94
Female 70 80 67 93

XLRI 2020 Selection Criteria

A candidate is privileged to apply for more than one program. If that candidate clears the cutoff then he or she will be called for the selection process.

The selection process generally consists of GD (Group Discussion), writing and PI (Personal Interview) rounds. Based on the performance of the student in these rounds he or she will be admitted for a program.

Call letters will be sent by mail to each of the qualified candidates and one has to report to the location to attend the XAT counselling process.

Contact Information

If candidates have any doubts or queries then they can contact the concerned authorities. The contact details are given below.

  • Address: XLRI Xavier School of Management, Circuit House Area (East), Jamshedpur 831001
  • Ph no: 0657-665-3203/04/05
  • Fax: 0657-665-3200/2227814
  • Visit: www.xatonline.in/www.xlri.ac.in
  • Toll-Free no: 1800-267-4008


Q. Is XAT tougher than CAT?

Ans. XAT is obviously tougher than CAT because it contains an extra section called Decisional Making where the candidate's decision making skill is tested and the Quantitative Aptitude of XAT has more complexity than CAT.

Q. What is XAT Exam?

Ans. XAT Exam is a national level entrance test conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur for those candidates who aspire to pursue MBA or PGDM programme in XLRI or other associated XAT institutes.

Q. What is a good score in XAT?

Ans. According to the analysis made, it was found out that if a candidate can attain 85 percentile in XAT, he/she can get a reputed institute to study in. A candidate has to make sure that he/she doesn't invite negative marks by answering questions wrongly.

Q. Is XAT conducted online?

Ans. Yes, XLRI has changed the mode of examination to online from the past 2 years.

Q. What should be done if there is a lot of delay in opening the page?

Ans. The delay in accessing the page could be because of the busy server when many candidates try to access the page at the same time or due to the internet connectivity issues. It would be helpful if you are trying to reach again after 15 minutes or try again during the late hours.

Q. How will I get to know if my application is registered or not?

Ans. After clicking on the submit button a XAT ID will be generated and is displayed on the screen which means that your registration is successful. The candidates should make sure that they note down the generated XAT ID as it is required for taking the print of application form as well as to download the XAT admit card.

Q. I have not received any email regarding the registration for XAT Exam?

Ans. The registration mails are automatically generated and sent to the mail id of the candidates provided in the application form. It is the responsibility of the candidate to make sure that they provide the correct email id.

Q. I am pursuing my final year of graduation, what should I mention in percentage column?

Ans. You can calculate the aggregate percentage of marks obtained till date and can enter them.

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Colleges which accept [XAT]

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Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2021
20 Sep 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

The minimum criteria to get into IBI is a recognized graduation degree with any discipline. All students who have given the qualifying exams like MAT/CAT/XAT can apply for this course.

Want to get in ?
Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2020
16 Aug 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

The eligibility criteria is appearing CAT,MAT,XAT any of the Exam and should be graduated in any stream.(Arts,Science and commerce)

I took MAT examination.

The cutoffs of my course is above 60 percentile.

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Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2017
03 Jun 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Woxsen considers CAT, MAT, XAT, NMAT, CMAT, etc. If the students didn't take any exam, then Woxsen also has another aptitude test called WAT (woxsen aptitude test). The interviews are conducted by business leaders. The experience itself is a great experience; they check the understanding of the current affairs and reasoning ability.

Want to get in ?
Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2020
01 Apr 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

 This college is located in the Mathikere, Bangalore. This college has excellent teaching staff with a Doctorate degree and highly qualified faculty. Most of the companies recruit students for marketing and sales profile with the comparatively average package. There is no scope for recruitment for operations.Major recruiters of finance companies such as Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, Societe GeneralE,E&Y, KPMG. Banking companies such as HDFC, ICICI, Federal bank. Facilities offered are good.This college is well established in the city of Bangalore and accessible to metro and railways.

This college accepts MAT,CAT XAT scores for admissions for PGDM with no cutoff. Minimum elegibility for admissions with a vaild score in MAT.CAT,XAT and 60% in 10th,12th and under graduation.  The college timings is 9am-5pm.T

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Master of Business Administration [MBA] (Marketing), batch of 2019
13 Aug 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

I)Admission Criteria:

*Graduation with min. 55%

*Student who have cleared any entrance exam i.e. CAT/MAT/XAT

*English Proficiency test and GDPI

II) GD/PI and English proefficiency test.

III)55% is the min. cutoff for every courses.

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Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2019
28 Jun 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Eligibility criteria was lenient & admissions were easy MAT & XAT exams Typical cutoffs are usually 75%

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Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2015
27 Jun 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

To get admission in your dream b-school, the first task is to clear the entrance exams like CAT, MAT, XAT, SNAP, IIFT, NMAT, CMAT, TISS, CET etc.

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Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2019
27 Apr 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Graduates with 50% and above and have appeared for entrance exams like CAT, MAT, XAT, GMAT, CMAT, ATMA or any state CET are eligible to apply for ITM. I came college through my MAT score.

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Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2019
16 Apr 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Eligibility Criteria- Minimum of 50% should be attained in class 10, 12, Graduation degree, for enrolling to the masters degree in PGDM. Candidates have to appear for various enterance examinations, CAT, XAT, MAT,CMAT etc , for fulfilling the admissions criteria.Candidates can apply through any of the above mentioned enterance tests,in which they have scored well. Moreover, candidates also have to appear for an interview, to finally book thier seats for the said course.  


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Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2017
02 Apr 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
  1. Basically the eligibility criteria is being a graduate in any of the universities across the country.
  2. Ya I did appear for CAT,XAT and MAT
  3. It depends from course to course,basically CAT takes a cutoff of 90 percentile whereas XAT and  MAT considers comparatively lower scores

Discussion Forum

Is it ok to pusue PGDM along with B>Tech in Mecanical Engineering

I have done my B.Tech in Machanical Engineering, is it good to pursue PGDM and also I have got work experience of around 2 years in a small scale industry

Asked By: Joya Khan,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Joya,

Yes, it is good to do so. Many companies recruit candidates with working experience.

Does XLRI checks academic records ?

Does XLRI consider academic records or how much percentage in 10th 12th and graduation is good enough to get an admission?

Asked By: Raj Pal,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Raj pal,

Yes XAT checks academic performances as you need to keep 50% in aggregate as an eligibility criteria.

Can I expect tentative dates for XAT 2019?

Hi I am Saswat, Can I expect more dates if the link for 2019 is not available in the site?

Asked By: saswat tiwari,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Saswat,

Yes, these are all tentative dates so you can expect other dates as well.

When will the Application Form for XAT 2019 release?

Hi, I am Venkatsai, I want to know regarding the application details for XAT 2019

Asked By: Venkatsai,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi Venkat,

Thanks for your question.

You can check the XAT Application Form details and Application Process here.

Exam centers

How many XAT test centers are in India?

Asked By: Sudha,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

There are 43 test centers in India .

Final year UG student percentage

What percentage should I enter in the application form as I am a final year UG student ?

Asked By: Tanvi,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The final year UG students can update their aggregate scores till date as their percentage. 

XAT 2018 Official address

What is the Official address of the institute?

Asked By: Paridhee Agarwal,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The official address of the institute is as follows: -

XLRI Admission Office – C.H. Area (East)

Jamshedpur - 831001,

Jharkhand, India

XAT 2018 Xavier’s Labour Relation Institute

Can you give me a brief about the Xavier’s Labour Relation Institute?

Asked By: Carmel Royan,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The Xavier’s Labour Relation Institute (XLRI) was founded in 1949 by Fr. Quinn Enright, S.J. in Jamshedpur. XLRI has developed its own identity to not walk on the beaten path but to strike new routes; not to benchmark but to be benchmarked, to be second to none but to be the first to respond to the needs of the people and the nation, by taking up the tasks which are bold but necessary which nobody has hitherto taken up. 

XAT 2018 Full form

What is the full form of XAT?

Asked By: Bhanu Prakash,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The full form of XAT is Xavier’s Aptitude Test.

An Overview on XAT 2018.

What are the important things to know about the overview on XAT 2018:

Asked By: Suresh J,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Xavier’s Labour Relation Institute or XLRI, Jamshedpur is one of the most reputed business schools in India and worldwide.

Entry into the management course at XLRI is through Xavier’s Aptitude Test—commonly known as XAT.

Candidates willing to be part of the various courses offered by XAT Associate Institutes and XLRI must take this test.

The exam will be held in January 2018, across 47 cities in India as well as two cities abroad. There are more than 100+ schools that come under the purview of XAT.